Parga town is located in the northwestern part of the regional unit of Preveza in Epirus, in the northwestern part of Greece. The seat of the municipality is the village Kanallaki but Parga is the economic, commercial and tourist center. The town lies on the Ionian coast between the cities of Preveza and Igoumenitsa, 68 km from the first and 40 km from the second. It is a famous tourist resort with a a population of 2.415 residents, known for its scenic beauty.
Parga was known in ancient times as Paragiros, Paragea and Ypargos where it’s current name came from. At the top of the hill stands the Venetian castle, overlooking the town. The castle was used to protect the town from invasions from the mainland and the sea. The city is built on the outskirts of the castle and is clearly influenced by the Ionian architecture. In the past, the town was also known for the fine citrus fruits, produced in the surrounding area, the so-called “Jewish citrus fruits”, which were exported to Europe and America.
Built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a small hill, Parga is very picturesque and attracts thousands of tourists every summer. Nearby are several beatiful beaches. The most popular of them are: Valtos, Kryoneri, Piso Kryoneri, Lichnos, Sarakiniko and Ai Giannakis. During the summer months, Parga is daily connected by ferry with the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. It is also linked by boats with the islands of Corfu and Lefkada. Parga is also connected with direct suburban buses (KTEL) to other Greek cities and towns such as Igoumenitsa and Preveza and with indirect connections to Athens, Thessaloniki and Ioannina.
About fifteen kilometers from Parga is the most important ancient monument in the area. This is the most important oracle of antiquity, the Nekromanteion of Acheron. Here, the Ancient Greeks believed that the springs of River Acheron were the Gates to the underworld.